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Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and Creating Safe School Climates

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About the Course

This course addresses official U.S. Department of Education & U.S. Secret Service recommendations for managing threatening situations in the school environment and for creating safe school climates. This course thoroughly reviews the recommended process for identifying, assessing, and managing students who may pose a threat of targeted violence in schools. This course includes suggestions for developing a threat assessment team within a school district as well as steps to take when a threat or a safety concern occurs. In addition, this course covers information regarding considerations about when to involve law enforcement personnel, issues involved in information sharing, and suggestions for creating safe school climates.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and Creating Safe School Climates created by Robert A. Fein, Ph.D., Bryan Vossekuil, William S. Pollack, Ph.D, Randy Borum, Psy.D., William Modzeleski, and Marisa Reddy, Ph.D.


United States Department of Education

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Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Robert A. Fein, Ph.D.
Bryan Vossekuil
William S. Pollack, Ph.D
Randy Borum, Psy.D.
William Modzeleski
Marisa Reddy, Ph.D.

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Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and who seek knowledge about threat assessment as it pertains to school safety and knowledge about the prevention of and intervention for school violence. It is appropriate for all levels of participants' knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the rationale and foundations for reducing school violence and the key findings of the Safe School Initiative's study of targeted school violence.
  2. Describe and discuss implementing a school threat assessment process, conducting a school threat assessment, and managing a threatening situation.
  3. Review the action plan for school leaders regarding creating a safe and connected school climate and implementing a Threat Assessment Program.
  4. Describe this article's conclusions, recommendations, and suggested resources.

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Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

CE Learning Systems adheres to the ACCME's Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CE activity – including faculty, planners, reviewers, or others ― are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (formerly known as commercial interests).

The following relevant financial relationships have been disclosed by this activity's planners, faculty, and the reviewer:

Planners and Reviewers

The planners of this activity have reported that they have no relevant financial relationships.

Faculty: Ryan Gibson, CADC #123456

There are no relevant disclosures.

Commercial support

There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Retired
Course Number 102209
4 CE credit hours
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